Thursday, February 13, 2020

recommended gigs

Thursday Feb 13 - Tacocat, Inidgo Kid and the Negative Nancys at the Bunkhouse
Thursday Feb 13 - TV Party Tonight at the Double Down showing Blazing Saddles with live music from the Pluralses and Battering Ham

Friday Feb 14 - the Unwieldies with Big Like Texas at the Huntridge
Friday Feb 14 - Shanda and the Howlers at Sean Patrick's Pub
Friday Feb 14 - Stagnetti's Cock, Le Dominiki at Starboard Tack

Saturday Feb 15 - the Swamp Gospel, the Psyatics, Cromm Fallon and Scaper at the Double Down

Sunday Feb 16 - the Horror Pops, Franks'n'Deans and the Quakes at Fremont Country Club

Friday Feb 21 - The Psyatics with Working Class Skumbags, 24 Beers Later, the Shakes at the Double Down

Saturday Feb 22 - Rayford Bros and Cherry Rat at the Sand Dollar

Sunday Feb 23 - Lord Dying, Sonolith, Plague Doctor at the Bunkhouse

Monday Feb 24 - the Capsouls and the Van Der Rohe at the Fremont Country Club

Friday Feb 28th - the Rhyolite Sound with the Bobby Kingston Band at Saddle'n'Spurs

Saturday Mar 7 - The Swamp Gospel with the Implosions and Fuzz Solow at the Huntridge Tavern

Saturday Mar 14 - Thor at Evel Pie
Saturday Mar 14 - Shanda and the Howlers, the Dirty Hooks, If They Love You They'll Kill You at the Sand Dollar
Saturday Mar 14 - the Souvenairs at the Golden Tiki

Tues Mar 17 - the Double Whammys at the Golden Tiki

Friday Mar 27 - The Psyatics CD release show with the Pine Hill Haints, Fuzz Solow and the Jagoffs at the Double Down

Wednesday April 8 - the Delta Bombers, Cherry Rat, Lady Luck Lexy at Backstage Bar

Wednesday April 22 - Jesse Daniel with the Rhyolite Sound at the Bunkhouse

Friday April 24 - The Psyatics with Fur Dixon's WTFukushima, the Implosions and VJ Atomic at the Double Down

Saturday May 9 - The Swamp Gospel at the Huntridge Tavern

Saturday May 16 - The Psyatics at the Double Down

What have I forgotten? Lemme know

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Reeves Brothers - Saddle'n'Spurs Tuesday Feb 11, 2020

A rare live music venue located in the north-west(ish) portion of Las Vegas, Saddle'n'Spurs describes itself as "Las Vegas' LAST remaining Honky Tonk Bar!" and they do their best to live up to that reputation. They have a dedicated clientele who will come out to dance the night away when they know the music is appropriate, as it was this evening. The Reeves Brothers, as I have ranted'n'raved in the past, specialize in old school Country'n'Western music, as played by their father out in Bakersfield in the old days, performed with passion and an excess of talent.

The Reeves Brothers - Matt and Cole - are both terrific guitarists who I would easily watch all night and this evening they were joined by a hot-shot peddle steel player by the name of Caleb (per their Facebook page) along with a fine drummer and long time stalwart, bassist Kelly Bishop. Combining their well-written originals with covers like "Mama Tried" or a random David Allen Coe tune, the 5 members worked together with solid rhythms backing the three guitars playing harmony lines (fantastic interplay between the three men - Caleb is an excellent addition) while both Matt and Cole took turns on lead vocals. I arrived towards the end of their first set and despite the early hour, the house was jam-packed - literally standing room only - as was the dance floor. People were definitely there to dance, as they took to the floor even during the band's intermission to two-step to some odd (to me) country/rap hybrids on the jukebox (also oddly, there seemed to be two juke boxes - one that the dancers kept plying with quarters and one by the bar that was playing classic rock like Thin Lizzy!).

While the somewhat older crowd thinned a bit as the night went on, the Brothers continued to provide amazing country entertainment up until 11:00 or so. A great night for SnS and always great to see the RB's on our side of town! Looking forward to their next record, due out in a couple of month.








Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Suicide - The Second Album (expanded CD)

I bought the first Suicide album when it came out, as I was doing my best to buy anything that sounded interesting from the new music scene that was happening at the time. I'm sure I had read something about the band but I don't know if I was fully prepared for the oddness of this duo. With just keyboards, drum machine and vocals, the sound did not have the buzzsaw guitar edge that I have always loved, so this would have taken a little getting used to. But Suicide did have their own brand of energy'n'madness mixed with a good dose of 50's'n'60's influences for an intriguing and somewhat frightening new force of nature'n'mechanics. Having already been playing NYC for years by the time the debut was released, there were a few more years before this, their follow up, was able to be recorded'n'released and by then I supposed they fell off of my radar and I never followed up on their career.

I have been renewing my interest in the more unique sounds of this time period and have also been reading a fascinating'n'informative book on the duo (Dream Baby Dream) and have come to realize how many releases - as Suicide as well as solo artists - these two have put out that I have not heard and I am beginning to try to rectify that omission. This sophomore effort, produced by Suicide fan Ric Ocasek of the Cars, is much, much more polished, which I sure was a nod towards commercialism, but I must say that I prefer the rawer edge of the debut. Regardless, there is plenty that is worthwhile here.

"Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne", as the title would suggest, is a slick nod to the then-current disco culture and a bit too glossy and not as dangerous as I prefer this band to be. But there are fine pieces of mesmerizing drones, such as the more frantically intense "Fast Money Music" and psycho-sexual sci-fi soundtrack "Harlem", as well as a bit of rockabilly influence in "Be Bop Kid" (Alan apparently did some rockabilly-ish solo work around this time with a full band that I have yet to hear), although there are a number of tracks that kinda slink by without jumpin' out at you, as the best and most abrasive Suicide tracks do. Alan tends to quietly sing throughout, rather than shriek'n'yelp. The bonus tracks include the glossy, slow-disco of their "hit" "Dream Baby Dream" (covered by Bruce Springsteen, of all people, although you can see it in a way as it does sounds like an electronica bastard son of Bruce and Lou Reed) and "Radiation", which is a bit more of a return to form with its ripoff of the "Money" riff and an impassioned vocal performance from Vega.

The 1975 rehearsal tapes, on the other hand, are quite the revelation - menacing in the best way, with its stripped-down sound, other-worldly noises (including random radio signals) and frightening vocal deliveries. Apparently, this is about as close to a Suicide live set from the time as you can get, without the audience abuse! 14 songs and all fantastically maniacal and it actually sounds pretty damn good for an ancient two-track tape!

This set is easily worth it just for the bonus CD, but the second album certainly has enough fine moments, as well. There appears to be a number of other early releases appearing that I will be searching out as this time period for the group is truly fascinating!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Dream Baby Dream - Suicide - A New York Story by Kris Needs

Suicide was/is one of the most extraordinary groups to appear in the 70's - a minimalist duo consisting of keyboards'n'drum machine and an Iggy-esque singer, they literally terrified much of the NYC scene for the decade. They are now cited as the creators of multiple genres, although their own recognition has been eclipsed by those they influenced, while always remaining completely original.

Growing up in and around NYC in the 50's, both instrumentalist Marty Rev and singer Alan Vega were fans of the emerging musical scene, especially the epically NY sound known as doo-wop. Marty was also exposed to various political and racial views by his open-minded parents and cultivated a love for jazz piano, which helped to create the later Suicide oeuvre. He studied the new jazz that was evolving in the city while Alan was fascinated with the first 2 man electronica band, the Silver Apples. They were both involved in the visual art scene - Alan was creating multi-media pieces that included sound from debris found in the streets, which he would return to the streets after his show was completed - but pretty close to simultaneously decided that they wanted to do live music and mutual friends introduced them. There were a couple of different initial line-ups and some instrumental variations but the Suicide opus, while ever developing, was essentially there from the start.

The duo was calling their music punk back in the pre-glam days of 1970 and eventually made friends of the new, ascending combos like the New York Dolls, Wayne County and the Fast, expanding their venues from places like the Mercer Art Center and local art galleries to CBGB's and especially the artier Max's Kansas City. Funnily, Needs mentions a review that Thurston Moore did in Gizmos-related Gulcher fanzine back in the day that Alan still objects to! But, the band was, finally, getting some recognition, even while many still couldn't comprehend their sound - even among the punks. Oddly, to me anyway, Rev embraces disco (and later rap/hip-hop, etc.) as a viable, vibrant new musical style as opposed to the soulless, corporate genre that most musicians think of it, and its drum machine rhythms even influence his work as they prepared to finally cut their first album.

As with most radical artists, they went through some extreme highs and lows - sometimes within hours apart - until their fan Ric Ocasek of the Cars produced their "Dream Baby Dream" - a super slick, quite tame ballad that, while it had a basic Suicide sound, had none of the previous furious fire'n'ferocity. Their product has varied since then, with increasing polish clashing with furious intensity and each of their solo works have seen the variety of influences that have sparked their imaginations. Suicide has continued to perform even after Vega had a combined heart attack and stroke, with the men working to break boundaries and mutant their previous work.

Needs does a fine job with the tale, bringing plenty of detail without any lurid gossip, although leaving open some questions like how did they survive financially during their early years before they started to receive some notoriety and acclaim. In any case, it is an engaging tale of a duo of true artists who continue to expand perceptions of what music can be. A fine book about an incredible duo.

Friday, February 07, 2020

The Swamp Gospel, the Psyatics, the Sheiks of Neptune at the House of Blues, Thursday, Feb 6, 2020



(Photo by Angee Rib)

Local hep-cat promoter-about-town Patrick "Pulsar" Trout is now working at the House Of Blues here in Las Vegas and has started a new series, the All In Showcase, that (mostly) focuses on local bands, giving us a large venue to rant'n'rave in. This evening was the second in the series, with 5 local combos supporting touring Texan act, the Heroine.

As usual, the Swamp Gospel opened up the night with our brand of rock'n'roll salvation. We were pleasantly surprised to find more people in the hall than we had initially expected, as we started at 6:30 on a Thursday eve, so our hopes were not high. But, there were friendly faces filling up the floor (and the Sheiks were kindly supportive and right up front) who were willing to get into the (holy) spirit and join in on the rockin' redemption. Our half hour set co-mingled old'n'new tunes, a bit of preachin' and even a bit of snake handlin'! A soul-savin' good time was had by all!



(above SG pix by NIkki Ruffling) 


(SG pic by Jessie Moinichen)

I did double duty by also playing guitar with the Psyatics for the evening as we went through an energetic set of old'n'new, as well, with several numbers from our upcoming album, Devil You Know. We blasted through our set quickly enough (despite some technical difficulties when Rob unplugged himself while fruggin' to the beat) that we were even able to add our traditional closer, "Gentlemen of Four Outs", in order to close the set with an appropriately crazed noize fest in which Mark pummeled the house drum kit and original guitarist Jack apparently broke a finger! The sacrifices we make for rock'n'roll!



(Psyatics pix by Nikki Ruffling)

The 6 piece Sheiks of Neptune never fail to entertain, with crazed front man Dick Vain's antics, costumes and toys backed by ace musicians - two terrific guitarists, a stellar drummer, pulsatin' bassist and a rockin' violinist! The high energy musical interaction is sometimes almost too much to follow as riffs fly back'n'forth, the beat starts'n'stops, harmonics jump in'n'out and somehow Vain keeps a melody on top of it all while flailin' about non-stop and changing costumes (he came out in a full astronaut outfit) mid-song! Balloons flew, musicians jumped in the audience (no easy feat at the HOB!), fans sang along and smiles were on everyone's faces! The Sheiks are a multi-media spectacle - be sure to see them whenever you can!





 



The Sheiks definitely had the audience of the night, as the place was filled with their fanatical fans who, unfortunately for the following groups, mostly left after their set. We caught a bit of the alt-rock/ grunge-pop of the People's Whiskey before the Thursday night caught up with us and we had to split for some sleep before the next day's work.

A huge thank you again to Pulsar for taking a chance on local acts and letting them get weird at the House of Blues! Hopefully, this experiment will continue to give groups an large, all-ages venue!

Thursday, February 06, 2020

recommended gigs

Thursday Feb 6 - The Swamp Gospel, The Psyatics, The People's Whiskey, the Heroine, Mojave Sun and Sheiks of Neptune at the House of Blues

Friday Feb 7 - the Yardbirds at the Golden Nugget

Saturday Feb 8 - the Unwieldies at the Dillinger

Tues Feb 11 - the Reeves Brothers at Saddle'n'Spurs
Tues Feb 11 - the Double Whammys at the Golden Tiki

Wednesday Feb 12 - Johnny Zig and the Force at the Double Down

Thursday Feb 13 - Tacocat, Inidgo Kid and the Negative Nancys at the Bunkhouse
Thursday Feb 13 - TV Party Tonight at the Double Down showing Blazing Saddles with live music from the Pluralses and Battering Ham

Friday Feb 14 - the Unwieldies with Big Like Texas at the Huntridge
Friday Feb 14 - Shanda and the Howlers at Sean Patrick's Pub
Friday Feb 14 - Stagnetti's Cock, Le Dominiki at Starboard Tack

Saturday Feb 15 - the Swamp Gospel, the Psyatics, Cromm Fallon and Scaper at the Double Down

Sunday Feb 16 - the Horror Pops, Franks'n'Deans and the Quakes at Fremont Country Club

Friday Feb 21 - The Psyatics at the Double Down

Saturday Feb 22 - Rayford Bros and Cherry Rat at the Sand Dollar

Sunday Feb 23 - Lord Dying, Sonolith, Plague Doctor at the Bunkhouse

Monday Feb 24 - the Capsouls and the Van Der Rohe at the Fremont Country Club

Friday Feb 28th - the Rhyolite Sound with the Bobby Kingston Band at Saddle'n'Spurs

Saturday Mar 7 - The Swamp Gospel with the Implosions and Fuzz Solow at the Huntridge Tavern

Saturday Mar 14 - Thor at Evel Pie
Saturday Mar 14 - Shanda and the Howlers, the Dirty Hooks, If They Love You They'll Kill You at the Sand Dollar
Saturday Mar 14 - the Souvenairs at the Golden Tiki

Tues Mar 17 - the Double Whammys at the Golden Tiki

Friday Mar 27 - The Psyatics CD release show with the Pine Hill Haints, Fuzz Solow and the Jagoffs at the Double Down

Wednesday April 8 - the Delta Bombers, Cherry Rat, Lady Luck Lexy at Backstage Bar

Wednesday April 22 - Jesse Daniel with the Rhyolite Sound at the Bunkhouse

Friday April 24 - The Psyatics with Fur Dixon's WTFukushima, the Implosions and VJ Atomic at the Double Down

Saturday May 9 - The Swamp Gospel at the Huntridge Tavern

Saturday May 16 - The Psyatics at the Double Down

What have I forgotten? Lemme know

Monday, February 03, 2020

RIP Ivan Kral


Ivan Kral of Patti Smith Band Dies Aged 71 
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So sad to hear. I loved the Patti Smith Band and got to see them a few times in the late 70's. Ivan's contributions were major.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

The Hypnotiques at the Golden Tiki Saturday Feb 1, 2020


The Hypnotiques are a true Vegas phenomenon - a combination lounge act/ jazz band/ surf combo/ and a bit of whatever else tickles their fancy in a tight knit group of superior musicians that fit in perfectly for place like the Golden Tiki. Fronted by the Hawaiian chanteuse Kitty Chow on vocals and ukulele, she is joined by excellent guitarist Brent, stand up bassist Robert and drummer-about-town Clay Heximer. While the sound remains consistent, they will move from traditional Hawaiian tunes to Bobby Darin to Doo Wop (a Vegas lounge version of "I Only Have Eyes For You") to Jazz, surf and even a bit of old school Western (they even cover a Maddox Brothers number). The Golden Tiki was packed on this Saturday night, although much of the crowd considers the live entertainment to be background music (a mistake on their part, in my opinion), but Kitty does her best to interact with the audience and they certainly won over new converts. Check them out for fun, lounge-y coolness!




Thursday, January 30, 2020

recommended gigs

Friday Jan 31 - Dead Dolls at Rusty Spur
Friday Jan 31 - Goldtop Bob at the Sand Dollar

Saturday Feb 1 - The Unwieldies and Pitchfork at the Gold Mine Tavern
Saturday Feb 1 - Fuckface, Blvd Bullies, 3 Rounds at the Double Down
Saturday Feb 1 - Thee Hypnotiques at the Golden Tiki

Sunday Feb 2 - Burly Q Revue with johnny Zig and the Force at the Double Down

Monday Feb 3 - Surfer Joe with Thee Swank Bastards at the Golden Tiki

Wednesday Feb 5 - Frankie and the Infernos with Jerk! At the Double Down

Thursday Feb 6 - The Swamp Gospel, The Psyatics, The People's Whiskey, the Heroine, Mojave Sun and Sheiks of Neptune at the House of Blues

Saturday Feb 8 - the Unwieldies at the Dillinger

Tues Feb 11 - the Reeves Brothers at Saddle'n'Spurs
Tues Feb 11 - the Double Whammys at the Golden Tiki

Thursday Feb 13 - Tacocat, Inidgo Kid and the Negative Nancys at the Bunkhouse

Friday Feb 14 - the Unwieldies with Big Like Texas at the Huntridge
Friday Feb 14 - Shanda and the Howlers at Sean Patrick's Pub

Saturday Feb 15 - the Swamp Gospel, the Psyatics, Cromm Fallon and Scaper at the Double Down

Sunday Feb 16 - the Horror Pops, Franks'n'Deans and the Quakes at Fremont Country Club

Friday Feb 21 - The Psyatics at the Double Down

Saturday Feb 22 - Rayford Bros and Cherry Rat at the Sand Dollar

Sunday Feb 23 - Lord Dying, Sonolith, Plague Doctor at the Bunkhouse

Monday Feb 24 - the Capsouls and the Van Der Rohe at the Fremont Country Club

Friday Feb 28th - the Rhyolite Sound with the Bobby Kingston Band at Saddle'n'Spurs

Sunday Mar 1 - the Hypnotiques at the Golden Tiki

Saturday Mar 7 - The Swamp Gospel with the Implosions and Fuzz Solow at the Huntridge Tavern

Saturday Mar 14 - Thor at Evel Pie
Saturday Mar 14 - Shanda and the Howlers, the Dirty Hooks, If They Love You They'll Kill You at the Sand Dollar
Saturday Mar 14 - the Souvenairs at the Golden Tiki

Friday Mar 27 - The Psyatics CD release show with the Pine Hill Haints, Fuzz Solow and the Jagoffs at the Double Down

Wednesday April 8 - the Delta Bombers, Cherry Rat, Lady Luck Lexy at Backstage Bar

Wednesday April 22 - Jesse Daniel with the Rhyolite Sound at the Bunkhouse

Friday April 24 - The Psyatics with Fur Dixon's WTFukushima, the Implosions and VJ Atomic at the Double Down

Saturday May 9 - The Swamp Gospel at the Huntridge Tavern

Saturday May 16 - The Psyatics at the Double Down

What have I forgotten? Lemme know

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Wire - Pink Flag


I bought this record when it came out but for numerous reasons (oddly, not the least being that it comes towards the end of the alphabet and those records get put away separately), it was never a big hit with me. I found the CD recently at a reasonable price so I thought I'd give it another chance in a format that I can listen to at work, in my car, etc.

Known for their brevity in their songs (some make Ramones tunes look like opuses) and their stripped down sound, they move through a number of different styles throughout the 21 song (!) album. There's plenty of emotional, late 70's punk sounds, a touch of pop'n'harmonies here'n'there, minimalist pre-no-wave, and even some pre-hardcore.

Of course, the closer "12XU" is one of their best known numbers from this time, a ferocious, somewhat low-fi slice of chant-along punk mania, but this is almost the exception to their oeuvre rather than the rule. The throbbing, power-chord-drenched opener, "Reuters", is a stand out, the helter-skelter rhythms of "Field Day for the Sundays" and "Three Girl Rumba" flash by before you know it, but the influential "Ex Lion Tamer" (often covered and a band named themselves after this title) is a bit more straight-ahead punk/rock'n'roll, while they get more moody'n'edgy with "Lowdown", a bit further oft-kilter in "Start To Move" and even lift a "Sister Ray" stomp for "Strange". They move between these styles, and combine them, throughout the rest of the quirky record.

Not exactly catchy, and not something that I would listen to regularly, but a neat bit of early early punk rock, when it wasn't regimented and had innumerable influences.

Monday, January 27, 2020

RIP Bob Shane of the Kingston Trio


Bob Shane, Kingston Trio Co-Founder, Dead at 85 
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Pink Floyd - Music From the Film More

I was an early fan of Pink Floyd, mostly the super-trippy, pre- Dark Side of the Moon albums, but once punk rock hit and then I became immersed in the 80's garage scene, I was rarely in a stoney mood and didn't revisit their records very often. My pal Lee Joseph turned me onto their most heavily rockin' number, "The Nile Song" (we even covered it at some point, in some collaboration), from this soundtrack record but I never found any version of the album until now, with this CD reissue.

As their third studio album and the first full LP without Syd Barrett, this soundtrack utilizes their usual sonic soundscapes of tripped-out ambient sounds, effects, open spaces and echoed notes. There are hints of Beatles-esque psych in "Crying Song", a touch of jazz in "Up The Khyber", acoustic folk, with flute and piano, in "Green is the Colour", some psych-pop in "Cymbaline", there are psychedelic instrumental sequences (not remarkable for a soundtrack), and a bit more straight-ahead hard rock in "Ibiza Bar", some flamenco influence in "A Spanish Piece" and more Floydian psych for the ending "Dramatic Theme".

If ya dig early, post-Syd Floyd, you will certainly dig this and the couple of heavy tunes should be a nice surprise. Glad I finally found this one!

Chicago Blues Band

This one was an impulse buy while visiting our local Zia Records. Laser Light Digital produced this cheapo release and the liner notes are so minimal that there is not even a recording date for this live show. Apparently it was cut in the "late 1960's" on a European tour, which makes sense as those package tours gathered a number of the best blues performers and they all played together in order to minimize costs. John Lee Hooker's name is the big draw on this one, but the band is exceptional - Sunnyland Slim on piano, Johnny Shines on guitar, Willie Dixon on bass and Clifton James on drums! A dream team, to be sure!

Hooker takes front'n'center on the bulk of the record, doing his own "Crawling King Snake", "Dimples", "It Serves You Right To Suffer", "Maudie" and "Boom Boom", while the band vamps on "Chicago Boogie Style" before Sunnyland takes the lead on "She's Got a Thing Goin' On". Master songwriter and bassist Dixon sings his own "29 Ways", James vocalizes on "Wee Wee Hours" and the great Johnny Shines (I have ranted'n'raved about his several times) gets three originals, "I Do Believe", "Fat Mama" and "RE Boogie", where he accompanies himself on electric guitar (with the full band backing him) - the first I have heard from him as he normally plays acoustic, Robert Johnson-ish country blues!

This is a surprise package, but a solid set from masters of the Chicago (area) Blues scene and again, a super buy at its discounted price.

Blind Willie Johnson - The Complete

While I already have Johnson's Dark Was the Night compilation, I am a sucker for "complete recordings" comps and picked up this one at a discounted price, and it is well worth it!

Willie Johnson was imbued with incredibly gruff but powerfully emotional vocals and provided his own fine slide guitar accompaniment that unfortunately is all too often buried in the mix due to the live recording techniques of the time. But, the songs are strong and impassioned, gospel tinged and occasionally accompanied by a female singer (usually one of his wives, Willie B. Harris), offsetting the rawness of Johnson's voice. At times, he is truly haunting, as in the wordless "Dark Is the Night", sometimes uplifting, as in "Let Your Light Shine On Me", sometimes sorrowful ("Motherless Children Have a Hard Time") and always spiritual ("Jesus Make Up my Dying Bed", Bye and Bye I'm Going to See the King", as examples).

You'll recognize some numbers that have been covered famously, such as "It's Nobody's Fault But Mine", "Lord I Just Can't Keep From Crying", "The Soul of Man", "If I Had My Way" and plenty of others. This is 30 tracks of raw, intimate, minimalist gospel blues from this Texas master that also includes a comprehensive booklet with an overview of Willie's life along with detailed song listings, personnel and anecdotes. Fantastic package!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

recommended gigs

Friday Jan 24 - Thee Swank Bastards, Stagnetti's Cock, Sector 7-G and VJ Atomic at the Double Down
Friday Jan 24 - Goldtop Bob and the Moanin' Blacksnakes at the Sand Dollar

Saturday Jan 25 - Johnny Zig and the Force at Tiki di Amore
Saturday Jan 25 - the Swingin' Johnsons at the Mint
Saturday Jan 25 - Lean 13, the Jagoffs, Gob Patrol, Societies Infection at the Double Down

Sunday Jan 26  Girl Haggard at the Pioneer Saloon

Monday Jan 27 - Thee Swank Bastards at the Golden Tiki

Wednesday Jan 29 - Thee Swank Bastards at the Double Down

Friday Jan 31 - Dead Dolls at Rusty Spur
Friday Jan 31 - Goldtop Bob at the Sand Dollar

Saturday Feb 1 - The Unwieldies and Pitchfork at the Gold Mine Tavern
Saturday Feb 1 - Fuckface, Blvd Bullies, 3 Rounds at the Double Down
Saturday Feb 1 - Thee Hypnotiques at the Golden Tiki

Thursday Feb 6 - The Swamp Gospel, The Psyatics, The People's Whiskey, the Heroine, Mojave Sun and Sheiks of Neptune at the House of Blues

Saturday Feb 8 - the Unwieldies at the Dillinger

Tues Feb 11 - the Reeves Brothers at Saddle'n'Spurs
Tues Feb 11 - the Double Whammys at the Golden Tiki

Friday Feb 13 - Tacocat, Inidgo Kid and the Negative Nancys at the Bunkhouse

Friday Feb 14 - the Unwieldies with Big Like Texas at the Huntridge

Saturday Feb 15 - the Swamp Gospel, the Psyatics, Cromm Fallon and Scaper at the Double Down

Sunday Feb 16 - the Horror Pops, Franks'n'Deans and the Quakes at Fremont Country Club

Friday Feb 21 - The Psyatics at the Double Down

Saturday Feb 22 - Rayford Bros and Cherry Rat at the Sand Dollar

Sunday Feb 23 - Lord Dying, Sonolith, Plague Doctor at the Bunkhouse

Monday Feb 24 - the Capsouls and the Van Der Rohe at the Fremont Country Club

Friday Feb 28th - the Rhyolite Sound with the Bobby Kingston Band at Saddle'n'Spurs

Saturday Mar 7 - The Swamp Gospel with the Implosions and Fuzz Solow at the Huntridge Tavern

Saturday Mar 14 - Thor at Evel Pie
Saturday Mar 14 - Shanda and the Howlers, the Dirty Hooks, If They Love You They'll Kill You at the Sand Dollar

Friday Mar 27 - The Psyatics CD release show with the Pine Hill Haints, Fuzz Solow and the Jagoffs at the Double Down

Wednesday April 8 - the Delta Bombers, Cherry Rat, Lady Luck Lexy at Backstage Bar

Wednesday April 22 - Jesse Daniel with the Rhyolite Sound at the Bunkhouse

Friday April 24 - The Psyatics with Fur Dixon's WTFukushima, the Implosions and VJ Atomic at the Double Down

Saturday May 9 - The Swamp Gospel at the Huntridge Tavern

Saturday May 16 - The Psyatics at the Double Down

What have I forgotten? Lemme know

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

RIP Monty Python's Terry Jones


Terry Jones, Life of Brian director and Monty Python founder, dies aged 77 
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Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Swamp Gospel, the Psyatics, the Holy Smokes at the Double Down Saturday Jan 18, 2020


For the first Swamp Gospel revival of the new decade, we brought in our pals (and my second band) the Psyatics along with the terrific Holy Smokes to our local dive bar/clubhouse, the Double Down for a night of garagey/noisy/bluesy/punky/what-the-heck-ever rock'n'roll.

As usual, the Gospel opened the night to a reasonably full club of sinners'n'saints who joined in the festivities - laying of hands, strychnine sippin', dancin'n'debauchin'! It was a good time all around, with brand new songs joining the old standards and Rev. Sister Divine and Brother Lenny drivin' the backbeat and everyone joinin' in for a raucous start to the evening.



With a change of clothes, I then joined the Psyatics for our set of dual guitar garage-noize. Mark powered the beat from behind the drums while Rob - even with some bass-amp technical difficulties -  provided the snakey low-end lines and crooned'n'snarled as Jack and I laid some feedback-laden guitars over the top of it all. Jack continued to get into the faces and onto the tables of everyone within reach while my new wireless let me prowl the club. Plenty of new tunes from our just-recorded album mixed in with classics from the other albums and covers from the likes of the Scientists and the Banana Splits!



(Above SG & Psyatics pix by Nikki Ruffling)

The Holy Smokes made a rare appearance of their blistering garage/blues led by harp-maestro Jeffrey and bass-groover Luke - both on vocals - with original Telecaster terror Joel joined by "newcomer" Turbo on the stormin' drums. With swingin' bluesy originals, covers ranging from Billy Boy Arnold ("I Wish You Would") to the NY Dolls via Bo Diddley ("Pills") to the Stones ("Miss You"), they got the late night crowd on the feet and on the dance floor! I love these cats and hope that they will do more in 2020 and hopefully we will be joining them again soon!








Once again, thank you to the Double Down and their fantastic crew and to everyone who played and especially to everyone who made it out!